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make a pot of veggie soup... saute your fav veggies (or whatever you have in the fridge!) - onions, carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, etc... - in a nonstick pan for a few minutes, add a couple of cans of fat free broth and some canned diced tomatoes, bring to a boil for a few minutes, toss a can of drained beans and some fresh spinach in, and you'll have a week's worth of healthy soup for a low-cal appy! helps you eat less at each meal & stay on track :)
This is a great way to save money when making fresh stock that uses up those things that wind up in the compost or garbage anyways. Whenever I prepare veggies (onion, garlic, celery, carrots, etc) I throw the skins, ends, etc into a bag in the freezer. Then when I am going to make stock (veg or chicken) I toss them into the pot with my water and herbs.
This way I don't have to use so much of the whole veggies and makes my stock that much richer!
Buy large amounts on sale; then saute and store seasoning veggies (garlic, onion, peppers, celery) for quick and easy starts to meals.267
I start all meals with basics- garlic, onion, peppers & mushrooms. Buy bunches on sale, cut them up, saute in batches of different mixes (gar + oni; onion + peps, all 4, just 1) and freeze in amounts needed to start a dish. When needed pull out & toss in a pan. Saves lots of time cutting.
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